One Hundred Years, Times Two

Poem, "One Hundred Years," by Betty Earle, as printed in the Skidmore, Missouri News on July 28, 1921. Text of poem follows.
Poem, One Hundred Years, by Betty Earle. Published in the Skidmore News of Skidmore, Missouri, July 28, 1921, sec. 2, p. 4.

Poem “One Hundred Years,” by Betty Earle, as printed in the Skidmore News (Skidmore, Missouri), July 28, 1921.

Poem reads:

One Hundred Years
By Betty Earle

One hundred years — and in the place
Of wilderness, a wheat-held space
With fields full-golden make the run
Of acres countless in the sun
And rich as sunlight’s own vast face.

Such is the State. Her arms embrace
The food of multitudes, her pace
Moves upward among visions spun
One hundred years.

Scorn not her patience in the race
For saintliness. While footsteps trace
A path of service nobly done,
Mute on her brow, as on a nun,
Calm golden-rod has wreathed a grace
One hundred years.

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